Graduate Certificate in English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL)

This program is ideal for K-12 teachers seeking an English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) endorsement through Northern Arizona University courses.


To be admitted to this program, you must:

  • have completed a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • be admitted to the university’s Graduate College
  • have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (B) in your undergraduate program of study (some programs will also review your first 9 hours of graduate coursework to verify the 3.0 grade point average in lieu of an overall 3.0 in your undergraduate degree)
  • complete a program of studies form with one of our graduate advisers and submit it to our department office

Degree requirements

For this certificate, you must complete a total of 18 credit hours selecting from each of the following areas:

  • Foundations
    • BME 530 (three credit hours)
  • Linguistics
    • BME 538 (three credit hours)
  • ESL Methods
    • three credit hours selected from: BME 430, 450, 531, 631
  • Teaching Reading and Writing to LEP Students
    • BME 420 (three credit hours)
  • Assessment of LEP Students
    • BME 481 or 634 (three credit hours)
  • School, Community, Culture, and Parental Involvement
    • BME 480 or 637 (three credit hours)

If you choose this plan to fulfill state of Arizona ESL endorsement requirements you will also need to demonstrate a second-language learning experience and show that you have already taught ESL students for two years in your classes—or you will need to take a teaching practicum course.

Click to see ESL Graduate Certificate Program of Studies.

Additional class registration information

Undergrads need to have a signed "Override Authorization/Out of Career" form to take 500-level classes.

Graduate students need the same form to take a 400-level class and have it count towards a degree program. Complete the form (PDF version) (Word version) and fax it to Laura Cook at 928-523-1929. 

NAU courses for ADE certification 

2-Year Course Planner 

Graduate advising

Laura Cook